It seems that Sam Trickett has a propensity for winning when it comes to tough fields in Australia. Besting Tobias Reinkemeier and Fabian Quoss in the final three, Tricket went on to claim his second Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge victory (that’s right, winning the first time apparently wasn’t enough for the young Englishman).
Trickett, who originally won the same event two years prior, took home a grand prize of $2,000,000.
Trickett’s path to the final three was not without its fair share of challenges.
The last player to make it to the money was Igor Kurganov. He was running the table during the final four until a major cooler changed everything. Kurganov shoved with a flush jack-high and was bested by Trickett’s straight flush. This was not the night for the confident German, however he still managed to pad his pockets with a cool $500,000 as a conciliatory fourth place prize.
Now, down to the final three, Trickett was wielding the big stack with over 2 million more chips than the next highest stack, which was Tobias Reinkemeier. Fabian Quoss was the short stack and after going all-in against Trickett’s AT suited with no help on the way for Quoss, his ride ended with a $750,000 third place victory.
Now it was between Trickett and Reinkemeier, the latter of which had a lot of ground to cover before he would pose much of a threat to the leader. In a final play, Reinkemeier moved all in with K2 and fell short against Trickett’s A5.
When asked about his victory and why things seem to go so well for him in Australia he commented,
I don’t know, things seem to run really good here. There’s places in the world where I don’t run so good… everything just seems to work out for me.
The prize pool is so big and gets everyone’s adrenaline going.
A true Englishman at heart, Trickett told reporters that he would celebrate in traditional fashion calling it, “The English way… just go get drunk.”
Sam no doubt earned the right to do whatever he wants, taking home his second first prize winnings from a tournament with a tough field of hungry players. Trickett’s winnings put him behind only Antonion Esfandiari on the list of all-time winnings for poker play. This is no small feat and one can expect to hear many more similar stories from the English-born 26 year old poker phenom.